Crystal of Iron

What is that popping up from the horizon? Can you guess? We were fast approaching Brussels from Antwerp. Now that is a clue!

It is the Atomium, a unique building of Brussels, and for Brussels it is like what Eiffel Tower is for Paris. It represents the atomic structure of iron crystal magnified 165 times! The 102 meters tall structure has nine spheres, each 18 meters in dia and connected to each other through tubes. I read somewhere that from a particular angle it resembles a cube with a sphere in the center. I tried viewing it tilting my head this way, that way but couldn’t get that figure. May be you can try when you are there.

The Atomium was built in 1958 for the Brussels World’s Fair. It was designed by André Waterkeyn. Wonder what inspired him! Was Chemistry his favorite subject?

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42 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    I have seen it and it is awesome and so are your captures for the day, Indrani!! I really enjoyed the different angles/views! Hope you have a lovely evening and a wonderful weekend!

  2. Carver says:

    Great shots of this interesting structure. I wasn't familiar with it.

  3. NixBlog says:

    It's an amazing structure, isn't it?

  4. Looks like a super fabulous science project!

  5. Meoww says:

    THats a cool idea! Atomic structure of Fe. It looks really unique and interesting. I dont think you can climb that structure?

  6. Denise says:

    Hi Indrani, great pictures of a fascinating structure. I have never seen this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

  7. magiceye says:

    Amazing structure!
    In the 2nd pic are those cars all parked or is it a traffic jam?

  8. Leovi says:

    Nice pictures, yes, I like The Atomium, thanks.

  9. Thanks for the image of the Atomium. It's a beautiful and creative building. Happy Sky Watch!

  10. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful structure.
    Never heard of it before.

  11. Has been kept beautifully!

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  12. Joyful says:

    That is a very cool structure!

  13. Wow, I never about this structure. I learnt something new today. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  15. Jeevan says:

    wow! its wonderful and amazing.

  16. Amazing building,i wonder what is it used for?

  17. Bikramjit says:

    beautiful, thanks for sharing 🙂


  18. Hey I could spot the cube with a sphere in the centre, in your first posted picture!! Yayy!

  19. Ann says:

    very futuristic. When are you going to hang up your tourist shoes?

  20. Kim, USA says:

    Wow it looks like we are in another world. ^_^ Thanks for the visit Indrani I do appreciate it. Happy weekend!


  21. Judy says:

    Wow!! That is some sculpture! I think I like the middle shot of it the best! Can you imagine driving under it every day? I wonder how that affects your world view?

  22. Haddock says:

    Last year this time we were there. We too saw this from the bus and decided to give it a miss as we thought of this as something 'modern'

  23. What a fascinating structure this is!

  24. Gary says:

    Great shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  25. chubskulit says:

    Captured beautifully! Visiting from Sky Watch Friday.

    My Skywatch, hope you'd come and see.
    Have a great weekend.

  26. George says:

    These are great pictures of this structure. I've seen pictures of it before but I didn't know the history or symbolism before. Thanks for the education.

  27. Hilary says:

    What an interesting structure. I love the perspective in all three shots.

  28. Awesome structure..!

  29. very nice structure !

  30. reminded me of fullerenes 😀

  31. Very interesting, Indrani 🙂

  32. very nice structure.

  33. That's such a magnificent structure 🙂 Great captures:)

  34. ilakshee says:

    The structure is pretty awesome , especially its conception and final execution. But I was a bit let down once I went into it considering the entry fee charged. You have a clear capture of it!

  35. Just visited this few months back its a nice place. The size is huge.

  36. Nikhil says:

    Fascinating clicks of a fascinating structure. 🙂

  37. Great shot Indrani, thanks for sharing..

  38. Soham Roy says:

    Architectural marvel

  39. Amazing structure!! Nice click

  40. Hey that's a great tribute to science. Loved your post about it.

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